I would state only the obvious:
a) You have the skills and patience to pull it off.
b) you need to find a reasonable priced supply of GOOD stock material.
the piece you had originally was course grained and full of pitch spots ( uneven strength/ weak spots)
c)SHOW us the final product!
You have to LIVE, DIE, and PAY TAXES, and pay for what you do between your LIVING and your DYING!
An American by birth, an Alaskan by CHOICE!
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. Prv. 27:17